Brown was born in 1960 in Steubenville, Ohio, the grandson of
German, Greek and Jewish immigrants. Ted and his parents moved
to Wheeling, West Virginia in 1970 and Ted worked in the family
business, an Ethan Allen furniture store, through high school.
He graduated from Linsly Military Institute in 1978.
Brown attended Wesleyan Univesity in Connecticut for one year,
then moved to Los Angeles. He later graduated from UCLA in 1984,
earning a B. A. in political science with a concentration in Constitutional
Law. Since then he has worked in the insurance industry and currently owns an independent insurance adjusting and investigating business, which specializes in
auto, property, general liability and construction defect cases.
Brown joined the Libertarian Party in 1978 and has been active
his entire adult life. He has served as California State Chairman,
Los Angeles County Chairman and a member of the Libertarian National
Committee. He currently serves as a member of State Executive
Committee, platform committee chairman, and candidate recruitment
Since 1986 Ted Brown has written the Libertarian Party's ballot
arguments against bond measures in the state and county ballot
pamphlets. On many occasions voters have agreed with these arguments,
and thus taxpayers have saved over $5.3 billion in principal and
Brown has run for office several times, including Insurance Commissioner
in 1990 and 1994. He received 433,000 and 345,000 votes respectively,
making him one of the most popular alternative party candidates
for any office in California in the last generation.
Ted and his wife Laura, a teacher and native of Wichita Falls,
Texas, have been married since 1984. They have a 15-year-old daughter
Katie, and are homeowners in an unincorporated area of San Gabriel.
The family has lived in the 26th Congressional District for 11